JAKOB THE LIAR
(Jakob), also serving as
the film's executive producer, was most recently seen in the Universal
Pictures presentation "Patch Adams," which earned him
a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor, and "What Dreams
May Come." Williams is one of the most gifted and abundantly
talented actors of our time. He is the recipient of the 1997 Best
Supporting Actor Academy Award for bringing compassion and intelligence
to the part of Dr. Sean McGuire in "Good Will Hunting,"
a role for which he also received the Screen Actors Guild's Actor
Williams first captured the attention of television viewers in
now-legendary comedy series "Mork & Mindy." In 1980,
Williams made the leap to feature films, debuting in Robert Altman's
"Popeye." Audiences then embraced a more poignant Williams
in his portrayal of T.S. Garp in George Roy Hill's "The World
According To Garp" followed by Paul Mazursky's "Moscow
on the Hudson." Barry Levinson's landmark film "Good
Morning Vietnam" earned Williams his first Academy Award
nomination, with Peter Weir's "Dead Poets Society" earning
him a second nomination. Williams next starred opposite Robert
DeNiro in Penny Marshall's "Awakenings" (bringing him
a special honor from the National Board of Review) followed by
Terry Gilliam's "The Fisher King," for which Williams
received his third Academy Award nomination. He additionally starred
in Mike Nichols' "The Birdcage," which earned the ensemble
cast of the film an Actor Award from the Screen Actors Guild.
Williams received a Golden Globe Award for his unforgettable performance
in "Mrs. Doubtfire" and also earned a Special Achievement
Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his vocal
contributions as Genie in Walt Disney Pictures' now-classic animated
blockbuster feature "Aladdin." He reprised his role
of Genie in Disney's home video "Aladdin and the King of
Born in Chicago in 1951, Williams attended high school in Marin
County, California. He entered the College of Marin to study theater,
and his innate comedic and dramatic skills led to his acceptance
at the Julliard School in New York. There, he spent three years
under the tutelage of acclaimed actor John Houseman and other
noted professionals. In 1988, he performed onstage when he co-starred
with Steve Martin in Mike Nichols' off-Broadway production of
Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot."
Williams, who began his career as a stand-up comedian, has won
four Grammy Awards, including one for "Robin Williams Live
at the Met" on HBO, the culmination of a 23-city SRO tour.
He also won Emmys for the television specials "Carol, Carl,
Whoopi and Robin," and "ABC Presents A Royal Gala."
He is also active in several humanitarian organizations and has
been a primary force in "Comic Relief," an annual benefit
to aid the homeless that has raised over $40 million to date.
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